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L.D.W.F. News Release

Shooting Range Safety Zones Established on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 11/22/2013

Nov. 22, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Wildlife Division has established and enhanced safety zones surrounding shooting ranges on three Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

The affected WMAs include Bodcau, Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs. The Woodworth Shooting Range within Alexander State Forest WMA already had a designated safety zone established.

The Department wants to remind the public to consult with your local LDWF field office for hours of operation and rules on all WMA ranges and rules.  Information and maps for individual ranges as well as the associated safety zones may also be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Management Area Program is charged with providing necessary habitats to manage and protect both game and non-game wildlife, as well as to provide quality outdoor recreation for the public.

For more information: visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, at www.facebook.com/ldwffb; on Twitter @LDWF; or by contacting Steve Smith at ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359; or Fred Kimmel at fkimmel@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2355.

Waterfowl Hunting on Bussey Brake WMA Not Permitted

Release Date: 11/21/2013

Nov. 21, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising hunters that waterfowl hunting on Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is not permitted this hunting season.
 
At their Nov. 7 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission established Bussey Brake Reservoir as a WMA. Bussey Brake consists of 2,614 acres in Morehouse Parish and is primarily a lake with water front acreage, acquired by LDWF in July 2013 via donation from International Paper Company.
 
Bussey Brake  was donated and incorporated into the WMA program after the 2013-14 hunting season dates were established. Consideration for hunting opportunities on the WMA will be made for future hunting seasons, but hunting is currently not allowed due to lake renovations being undertaken by the Office of Fisheries. 
 
After donation from International Paper, the Department began to drain the lake in order to completely renovate the reservoir’s fish population, which will include stocking the water body with popular gamefish including bass, bream, catfish and crappie.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

Bundick Lake Drawdown Modified

Release Date: 11/20/2013

 

(Nov. 20, 2013) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has opted to modify the Bundick Lake drawdown in Beauregard Parish to enable completion of several essential improvement projects around the lake.

At the request of the Beauregard Parish Police Jury, the drawdown was modified from 5 feet to 7 feet below pool elevation.  The final gate closure ending the drawdown remains scheduled for January 15, 2014.

Both the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Beauregard Parish Police Jury are conducting maintenance and improvements in conjunction with the drawdown.

Lake improvements include:

  • Repairs to the drawdown structure (completed);
  • construction of a new pier at the spillway launch (completed);
  • repairs and improvements to the Hopewell Bridge launch (in progress);
  • stump removal and installation of new boat lane markers (in progress);
  • debris removal in access canals (in progress);
  • vegetation removal near spillway and drawdown structure (completed);
  • and repair and maintenance of the concrete spillway (in progress). 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8733.

 

Monterrey Man Arrested for Illegally Killing Black Bear

Release Date: 11/20/2013

A Monterrey man turned himself into the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18 for allegedly illegally killing a Louisiana Black Bear.
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents got an arrest warrant for Duell Moreland, 23, on Nov. 14 for his alleged role in the illegal killing of a black bear.
 
Agents began the investigation after receiving a mortality signal from a radio collared black bear that was a part of LDWF’s Black Bear Program.  A mortality signal is sent after a certain amount of inactivity.
 
Upon arriving to the scene of the radio collar off of Pete Davis Road in Wildsville in Concordia Parish, agents found the collar and a burn pile next to the collar containing bear parts.  Agents also noticed an abandoned broke down pickup truck on the property that they later found belonged to Moreland.
 
Agents interviewed the two leaseholders of the property whom both disclosed that Moreland was the person responsible for the illegal killing of the black bear.  Agents seized a rifle and crossbow from Moreland’s truck and a knife from the scene.

If he is found guilty, Moreland faces a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  He could also be subjected to a civil restitution fee up to $10,000 for the replacement value of the bear. The investigation is still ongoing.

Agents assisting in the case are Senior Agent Joey Merrill and US Fish and Wildlife Agents Mark Cupit and John Tarver.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

 

LDWF Honors Volunteer Taggers

Release Date: 11/18/2013

Andre Thomas, top red snapper tagger, pictured with LDWF Biologist Supervisor Heather David
Ross Barkhurst, top redfish tagger, pictured with LDWF Biologist Supervisor Heather David

(Nov. 18, 2013) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana honored volunteer fish taggers throughout the state at the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program awards banquet on November 7, held at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, La.

The program relies on a group of dedicated and well-trained volunteer taggers and honors those volunteer anglers who out-tagged their colleagues with 10 fish or more during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. 

The anglers, who originally tag a fish get notification of the re-capture and a certificate of their achievement.  “It’s incredibly rewarding to see a tag that I deployed come back,” said volunteer angler Jerrod J.W. Meche.  “It’s a great feeling to catch and release these fish and to also know that my efforts could help better understand these species is amazing.  It’s a highlight of my angling career.”

Volunteers tagged more than 10,102 fish during the year, and since the program began in the 1980s, over 161,000 have been tagged and of those nearly 5,100 have been recaptured.

“We’re pleased to recognize the dedication of our outstanding group of volunteer anglers who make the Tagging Program possible,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “Each of these volunteers should be commended for their contributions to fisheries science and conservation.”

This year’s Tagger Award winners were:

Most Tagged Fish Overall
Joseph Ingram, 936 fish

Most Tagged Redfish
Ross Barkhurst, 924 redfish

Most Tagged Speckled Trout
Dr. Victor E. Tedesco, 785 speckled trout

Most Tagged Red Snapper
Andre Thomas, 70 red snapper

Most Tagged Yellowfin Tuna
Woody Woods, 17 yellowfin tuna

In addition, volunteers who tagged 100 fish or more were honored as members of the tagging program’s “Century Club.”  Fourteen taggers received this distinction including Joseph Ingram, Ross Barkhurst, Dr. Victor E. Tedesco, Jeff Bavar, Bob Bateman, Clark Cormier, Andre Thomas, Pat Olivier, Kyle Leger, Diane and Norman Norton, Steve Fourrier, Jerrod J.W. Meche and Kenneth LeCompte.

“Citizen science is an essential component of this program,” explained LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “Anglers can take an active role in aiding biologists in the collection of important information which otherwise would not be possible. It is through the data collected from our tagging program that provides us with crucial information such as growth rates, longevity, migratory patterns and habitat utilization.”

One exciting thing the Department has learned through taggers’ data is there is a higher recapture rate for yellowfin tuna than any other species.  This is a highly migratory species, so understanding the behavior of tuna is integral to so many aspects of improved practices and management.

The Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program is a cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, universities, non-profit organizations and volunteer anglers.  Program goals include educating anglers on fisheries management and conservation and opening communication between researchers and anglers. 

LDWF urges interested saltwater anglers to join the program.  Tagging kits and program materials are provided at no charge.  For more information about the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program, contact us by calling 1-800-567-2182, via Facebook at www.facebook.com/tag/louisiana or email Fishtags@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (504) 286-8733 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

Baton Rouge Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/18/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Baton Rouge man for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 15 in East Feliciana Parish.

Agents cited Adam Bedell, 30, for taking deer using illegal methods, criminal trespassing, intentional concealment of wildlife, possession of illegally taken deer, failing to abide by deer tagging requirements, failing to wear hunter’s orange, and not possessing hunting and big game licenses.

Agents received a tip from a landowner about a person walking on private property transporting deer parts.  Agents located Bedell on the property with the deer parts of a freshly harvested eight point deer and a .243 rifle.

Bedell did not possess his resident hunting and big game licenses and was not wearing any hunter’s orange.

After searching Bedell’s truck, agents found deer blood and hair at which time Bedell admitted to harvesting a doe deer on Nov. 6 in East Baton Rouge Parish with his .243 rifle.

The areas where Bedell was hunting is only open to Primitive Firearms and Archery until Nov. 16 at which time modern firearms may then be used.  Bedell’s .243 rifle does not qualify for the Primitive Firearms season.

Intentional concealment of a deer carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a hunting and big game licenses and without hunter’s orange each bring up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Cite Pineville Man For Commercial Fish Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Pineville man for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 12.

Agents cited Jason A. Wilkerson, 23, after an anonymous compliant was called in saying he was transporting a large amount of black drum illegally.

Agents spotted the vehicle in Belle Chasse and saw that the bed of the truck full of black drum.  Agents performed a vehicle stop on the truck where Wilkerson identified himself as the fisherman and produced resident commercial fishing licenses.

Upon investigation, agents determined that Wilkerson obtained his resident vessel and fishing licenses by fraud since he is not a bona fide Louisiana resident.

Agents cited Wilkerson for taking commercial fish without non-resident commercial fishing licenses, non-resident gear licenses, and non-resident vessel licenses.  Investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed regarding obtaining commercial fishing by fraud.

Each of the license violations carries a maximum penalty of $500 and up to 90 days of jail.

Agents seized a total of 2,346 pounds of black drum.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio, and Senior Agent Robert Cosse Jr.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Four Plead Guilty To Fishing Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/15/2013

On Nov. 14 four people pleaded guilty to red snapper violations in front of the 25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish.

Nghia Huu Hoang, 33, Loan Huynh, 32, both from Harvey, Thang Van Tran, 38, of Avondale, and Truong Nguyen, 33, of Kenner, pleaded guilty to the intentional concealment of illegal fish, over limit of red snapper and undersized red snapper.

Judge Kevin Conner accepted their pleas and sentenced them to a collective fine of $4,000 plus court costs and to pay $1,178 of restitution to the state of Louisiana for the illegally taken red snapper.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents stopped the four in Empire on June 23, 2013 while on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

During the stop agents were shown a limit of red snapper.  After further investigation, agents discovered two hidden compartments in the bow of the vessel that contained more red snapper.  The subjects were in possession of 40 red snapper placing them 32 fish over their allowable limit.  Eighteen were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches.

Jerry Lobrano, who is the assistant District Attorney for Charles Ballay, prosecuted the case.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Arrest Two Men for Illegal Boat Sale

Release Date: 11/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested two Louisiana men on Nov. 14 for allegedly falsifying a boat sale.

Agents arrested Tyler J. Chenvert, 19, of Pierre Part, and Lawrence J. Toups Jr., 48, of Berwick, for injuring public records.  Agents also charged Chenvert with forgery and felony theft and Toups Jr. with filing false public documents.  Agents booked Chenvert into the St. Mary Parish Jail and Toups Jr. into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

According to the arrest warrant, Chenvert injured public records and forged his grandfather’s signature on a bill of sale claiming to be the rightful owner of a vessel he sold to Toups Jr. on Aug. 19.  The vessel is registered to his grandfather who has been deceased since Feb. 17, 2012.

During the investigation, Toups Jr. admitted to agents that he knew Chenvert had forged the grandfather’s signature on the bill of sale.  Chenvert and Toups Jr. completed the sale of the vessel for $1,800, which resulted in Chenvert committing theft against his grandfather’s heirs to the vessel.

Toups Jr. then filed the forged bill of sale when trying to register the vessel in his name on Aug. 30, which resulted in filing a false public document.  On the boat registration application, Toups Jr. also said he purchased the boat from the deceased grandfather, which didn’t match the forged bill of sale.

Injuring public records and filing false public documents each carry up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.  Forgery brings up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail.  Felony theft carries up to a $3,000 fine and 10 years in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques, Senior Agent Mike Williams and Sgt. Edward Ridgel.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Headquarters Sign Unveiled at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area in Honor of Former LDWF Administrator

Release Date: 11/13/2013

Headquarters Sign Unveiled at Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area in Honor of Former LDWF Administrator

Nov. 13, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries formally honored Richard K. Yancey on Friday, Nov. 8 with the unveiling of the new headquarters sign at the Concordia Parish wildlife management area that now bears his name.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution in May to rename the Red River-Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area in honor of Yancey, a distinguished conservationist and LDWF administrator for many years.

"All who enjoy state wildlife management areas should be thankful for the service provided to this agency during his tenure,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham as he addressed present and former department employees and members of the Yancey family. “He saw the need for preserving land as habitat for our native fish and wildlife species and public outdoor recreation access, as well.”

Yancey, who passed away in March at age 88, was a former assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) whose career at the department spanned 31 years between 1948 and 1979.

Yancey began as a field biologist and progressed to project leader, becoming the LDWF’s first Waterfowl Study Leader. He was promoted to chief of the Fur and Refuge Division, assistant director of Wildlife and then assistant secretary of the Office of Wildlife.
 
Over the length of his career, which included service as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Conservation, Yancey served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (State, Provencial and Federal Agencies of Canada, the US and Mexico), as chairman of International Treaties Committee and Migratory Wildlife Committee, as chairman of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions and president of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
 
He also served as chairman of the Mississippi Flyway Council Regulations Committee and Technical Committee and Flyway Council, and was co-chairman of the Tensas Conservancy Coalition, instrumental in the establishment of the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, to be preserved in perpetuity.
 
Yancey was also the recipient of many international, national and state awards including National Wildlife Federation’s 1980 Wildlife Conservationist of the Year in the U.S.  for outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the Nation's natural resources, the Ducks Unlimited Outstanding Service Award in 1970, the La. Outdoor Writers Conservationist of the Year in 1969, the LSU Forestry Alumni of the Year Award in 1969, and the 1963 Governor's Award for Outstanding Professional in Louisiana presented by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
  
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. Visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

*PHOTO CAPTION: Attending the ceremony to unveil the new headquarters sign at Richard K. Yancey WMA were (left to right) Hugh Bateman, Joe Herring, Robert Ray, Carolyn Ray, Allan Ensminger, Linda Yancey Ray, Richard Charles Yancey, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham,  Mrs. Richard K. Yancey, Michael Ray and Kay Yancey.

 

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